Everyone is welcome to join us at 7:30 p.m. for a reading, signing, and conversation with Bonnie Jo Campbell to celebrate her new brutal and beautiful story collection, Mothers Tell Your Daughters. Bonnie Jo Campbell’s searing new collection, Mothers Tell Your Daughters offers powerful insights into unforgettable heroines who are determined to shape their own futures with—or despite—the men in their lives. In the title story, a woman is hospitalized from a stroke and has lost the ability to speak, but her interior thoughts parlay intense and impassioned life lessons to her daughter. In “A Multitude of Sins,” an obedient wife sits at her abusive husband’s deathbed, and suddenly gains a whole new sense of self-worth along with her newfound independence. With intensity and precision, Campbell peels back her characters’ harsh outer layers to expose the traumas they have lived through and the hardships that have shaped them. Campbell is the author of Q Road, Once Upon a River, and American Salvage, which was a finalist for the National Book Award and National Book Critics Circle Award. Bonnie Jo Campbell’s stories have appeared in the Southern Review, the Kenyon Review, and the Alaska Review. She has won the AWP award for short fiction, a Pushcart Prize, and the Eudora Welty Prize. She lives in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and teaches at the low-residency MFA program at Pacific University.
TELL! A Private Conversation with Bonnie Jo Campbell
5:30 to 7 p.m. at Women & Children First, light dinner included
Bonnie Jo Campbell’s newest book Mothers Tell Your Daughters contains stories that deal with a variety of difficult subjects, including rape and other sexual abuse. She asks us to imagine what would happen if we all told our most difficult stories, and those stories that we've kept quiet in our communities. We need to find a way to write these stories, to shape them into fiction or nonfiction to shake up the world. Join BJC for a light supper (non-alcoholic beverages and heavy hors devours) and a conversation about writing difficult material. To attend, please email Sarah (firstname.lastname@example.org). Respond early, as space is limited. This event is free, but attendees will be encouraged to make a $10 donation to the Women's Voices Fund, the nonprofit arm of Women & Children First, which supports all of our publicity and events.